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Citizen Engagement

Graduate Certificate

Program Overview

Become a more active and informed citizen. This program prepares you to engage in civic life in numerous ways, from promoting better participation to running for office.

Program Snapshot

Program Type: Full-Time, Part-Time
Location: On-Campus
Program Length: 1 year
Credit Hours: 18

Why This Program & What You'll Learn

Society needs well-informed and engaged leaders and citizens. Our graduate certificate in citizen engagement gives you the tools to address that need. You’ll learn techniques for motivating others to get involved, and put those methods to the test. And you'll prepare to participate in the democratic process as a voter, an advocate or an elected official.

The program consists of two required courses and a practicum in citizen engagement. You’ll also choose two electives in one of three specialization areas: public opinion polling, elected institutions and processes, or appointed institutions and processes.

You’ll graduate with a deep understanding of participatory democracy and the ability to improve your civic institutions.

Program Highlights

As a graduate certificate student in citizen engagement, you’ll:

  • Pursue your passion for participatory democracy.
  • Gain real-world experience through an internship in public administration. 
  • Prepare to play an active role in civic engagement.
  • Use social science research methods to assess the effectiveness of various citizen engagement techniques.
  • Specialize your electives in either public opinion polling, elected institutions and processes, or appointed institutions and processes.

Careers & Outcomes

A graduate certificate in citizen engagement prepares you for a wide range of career opportunities in public and nonprofit administration, political science and beyond.

Career Projected Salary
City/Town Administrator $85,297
Public Service Administrator $46,865
City/Town Manager $88,689
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